Concordia University Receives Funding for Sustainability Project

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) last week announced that Concordia University had received $ 1,643,700 in support of research and training via the Institute in Water, Energy and Sustainability. Not only is this the first Concordia project to be awarded funding through NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program, it is also one of only three projects in Quebec to be selected this year.

The CREATE grant focuses on socially conscious and eco-friendly engineering practices that educate students in methods of preserving the planet, while producing groundbreaking research to achieve that. The idea is to give young researchers the opportunity to learn the technical and professional skills that will prepare them for successful careers in science and engineering. From greener engineering inventions to better business practices, Concordia is a veteran in sustainability research. With federal funding it will be able to take further its work in sustainability.

Grant holder and environmental engineer Catherine Mulligan said the funding "will kickstart research and training in the important area of sustainable development." She said the funding will go towards training approximately 20 students a year in research areas including the production of renewable energy and the optimization of water usage in industry.

Mulligan sees a bright future for sustainable engineering at Concordia. "Through the establishment of this institute, we can make major and unique contributions on sustainable development in water, buildings, infrastructure and energy development through programs and research," she said. The funding will help the initiative to connect Concordia with local universities as well as industry partners and government laboratories.

NSERC President Suzanne Fortier added that her organization "is providing a valuable experience for students and postdoctoral fellows to learn practical skills and to engage in cutting-edge, multidisciplinary and, in some cases, international research. Exposing our trainees to an innovative, collaborative training environment will enable them to succeed in careers that contribute to the world's top research."

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